Censuses

Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

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1          1ShareThe British conquered Acadia from the French in 1710 and subsequently, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. At this time, the Acadians and Mi’kmaq formed militia against the British and as a result of what the British viewed as the rebellious actions of some of the Acadians, British Governor …

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Treasure Awaits

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           Today was a great day. I recently received a comment on the post “David Coon” from a descendant of David Coon and a distant cousin (by adoption) to my husband Mark. That one short comment and an initial email resulted in an exchange of some amazing photographs through a fast and furious flurry of emails. …

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Family portrait from the mid to late 60's with us girls in coordinating outfits hand made by Mom.

Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine (1934-2005)

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           These are treasured pictures of my Dad, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, who passed away about ten years ago at the age of 71. He was the son of Henri Turmaine and Rose Amande Emery, born January 30, 1934 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He married Patricia-Gail Marrion Melanson on March 8, 1958 in Germany and …

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Welsh Quakers. Bryn Mawr, near Dolgelly. Built by Rees Lews. The birthplace of Rowland Ellis, 1650.

Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania.

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3          3SharesWelsh Quaker ancestors are the cultural group from which the majority of the ancestors of my children originate (on my husband’s side).   One of the benefits of researching this culture is that the people were religious, often educated (could read and write) and were very good at documenting vital statistics and events. As a …

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La Rochelle, France in 1628.

I’m related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna?

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1          1ShareWhat a shock to find out that I and the rest of my family are related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna! I was reviewing old genealogy articles to find story and post ideas and hit the jackpot with this one. In an article by CanWest News Service’s Randy Boswell from March of 2010, he recounts …

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Transcription – 1901 Canadian Census for Geffrey and Annie (Fougère) Forgeron

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           1901 Canadian Census: Geffrey and Annie Forgeron and Family   Headings: Dwelling House; Family or Household; Name; Sex; Colour; Relationship; Marital Status; Birth Month and Day; Year of Birth; Age; Birth Place: Year of Immigration; Year of…; Racial or Tribal Origin; Nationality: Religion; Profession… 152, 161; Forgeron, Geffrey; M, “, Head, M, 10 Sept, 1860, …

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The Turmaine Family

Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

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           Being the child of a military member has one huge drawback – we didn’t have any control over where we lived, when or for how long. As a result, contact with family members was infrequent at best and I do regret not getting to know our relatives better. My grandparents on my father’s side were …

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Martha and Elam Dennis Matthews

Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

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           The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time. Area Deaths ______________ Aged Louisa County Resident Dies Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1[0], at 3:10 p. m., at the …

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Isaac Shelby

Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky

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           Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky is the grandson of the original immigrant from Wales, Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby), who is eighth great grandfather to my children, Erin and Stuart; the son of Brigadier General Evan Shelby, who is the son of Evan (Dhu) and seventh great granduncle to my children; and is therefore first cousin …

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Genealogy Database

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           Our Blythe Genealogy Database After extensive work, my genealogy database is now updated and links can be found in the upper menu or in the left sidebar. There are thousands of surnames and the extensive lineages include Welsh Quaker immigrants to the USA, French Canadian, Acadian, American pioneers, Canadian pioneers, French, British, Welsh, German, Scandinavian …

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State Archives offers public access.

The Discovery Service at the National Archives in Great Britain

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3          3SharesThe UK National Archives  has a free online search, but there are problems. Some knowledge has always been necessary to search the catalogue with any success. The Discovery Service makes it easier for everyone – novice to expert – to search and use the collection. The user is able to search the collection, explore and …

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Keefer, Christian W. and Mary A

Genealogy Mystery: Who were Christian W. Keefer’s parents?

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3          3SharesChristian W. Keefer (Chester) is an important figure in one of the main branches of my husband’s and children’s ascendancy. He married Mary Ann Jacques and they eventually settled and raised a family in Dodge County, Wisconsin. After numerous years of research, however, I’m still left scratching my head at the mystery of the identity …

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Plan of Louisbourg in 1751

The Fougères: Pioneer Family of Port Toulouse, Île Royale.

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2          2SharesThe Fougères – Pioneer Family of Port Toulouse, Île Royale. Cape Breton, or Île Royale as it was known by the French, was the location of a trading fort built by Nicolas Denys in the mid-1600’s. Continuous infighting among the French commercial community resulted in the post and fort being burnt. Construction of a new …

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Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

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            In a previous post, I told the story of David Coon, the fourth great grandfather to my children Erin and Stuart, and his service and death in the Civil War. His father, William B. Coon (about 1789 to August 25, 1854) was also a soldier, but in his case he served in the War …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1Dec 2015.

Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

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             I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless.   All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. …

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Crest of Chatterton Family

From Chatterton to Blythe: A Lincolnshire family’s story.

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2          2SharesRichard Chatterton was born and baptised before August 17, 1689 in Frodingham, Lincolnshire, England as the fourth child of Richard Chatterton Sr. and Frances Coates. He had three siblings, George, Robert, and Rachel. On May 26, 1725 and at the age of 35, Richard married Mary Brumby (see relationship chart at left). They had the …

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"Wessenden Valley" on the Pennine Way footpath south of Marsden in West Yorkshire. The area is part of the Marsden Moor Estate.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar.

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           The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar. Featured image: “Wessenden Valley” on the Pennine Way footpath south of Marsden in West Yorkshire. The area is part of the Marsden Moor Estate.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar.   Canada Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869 Eduador …

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Deaths by gas poisoning of Daniel and Isabella McDougall tragically caused by their daughter, Agnes.

Tragic gas poisoning deaths of Daniel and Isabella McDougall.

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             I have found myself fascinated by the stories of the trials, tribulations and tragedies of our ancestors, and this story about the deaths by gas poisoning of Daniel and Isabella McDougall tragically caused by their daughter, Agnes is no exception.   Sometimes I wonder if I was born too late as my disability, though hidden …

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Take Advantage of Fold3.com’s Free Access During Black History Month

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           Great news! February is ‘Black History Month’ and Fold3 is doing their part to commemorate it by offering free access to almost 3 million African-American records in their Fold3 collection. Black soldiers were among the enlistees to serve the Union, resulting in the need to record and document all aspects of their service including health, …

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Transcription: Civil War Letters of Private David Coon (1824-1864)

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17          17SharesTranscription of the final pages of this extensive project of the Civil War Letters of Private David Coon was completed April 10, 2013.   Page 1… FOREWORD. The following letters, written by David Coon to his wife and children, are here collected, carefully copied from the originals. Many of the letters were written on such …

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St. John River Campaign: Raid on Grimrose (present day Gagetown, New Brunswick). Expulsion of the Acadians.

The Bourgs of Acadia

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6          6Shares  I and my children are descended from several noteworthy immigrants from France who were original pioneers of Acadia, including the Bourgs of Acadia.   In the past, I have posted about our Melanson ancestors, who we most readily associate ourselves with, since the family name carried down through the generations to my mother, who …

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Translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky.

Translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky.

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7          7Shares  In researching genealogy, translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky, and the same goes for other languages as well, and mistakes can easily be made.   Getting one term, phrase or word wrong can mean taking your research off in the wrong direction based on the interpretation of that word.   While …

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Funny genealogy.

The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

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16          16SharesI have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.     Dear Ancestor   Your tombstone …

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